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Tips for excursions

  • Prague and the surrounding area
  • Boat trips on the Vltava
    Tourist boats depart from the riverbank near Čechův most (bridge) on sightseeing trips along the Vltava. (See page 86, Boat Transport in Prague)
    Troja
    The Baroque chateau of the same name is located in this district of Prague. The Prague Botanic Gardens and Prague Zoo are nearby.
    Smíchov
    A district on the left bank of the Vltava in front of the Lesser Town, the most visited attraction is the Villa Bertramka that hosted W. A. Mozart during his life, and hosts a a museum to the composer today. The Barrandov cliffs are nearby, where prehistoric fossils were discovered and the Barrandov film studios, where Czech films stars have been discovered since the 20th century.
  • Český Krumlov
  • Located 150 km from Prague, in southern Bohemia, this impressive UNESCO town has a compact medieval core. The residence of the powerful House of Rožmberk until 1601, Český Krumlov’s castle complex is the second largest in Czech Republic after Prague Castle, and its uniquely preserved Baroque Theatre is one of its many treasures.
  • Karlovy Vary
  • 130 km south west of Prague, the most well-known and biggest spa town in our country has twelve hot springs, which are particularly therapeutic in the treatment of the digestive system. Its history reaches back to the 14th century, when Charles IV founded the town.
  • Olomouc
  • 270 km east of Prague, this lively university town and seat of the archbishopric was the centre of Moravian Margraves until the 17th century. Olomouc boasts the largest urban preservation area after Prague, and contains many architectural treasures, such as the UNESCO-protected Baroque column of the Most Holy Trinity on its town square.
  • Karlštejn
  • 20 km south west of Prague, this is probably the most popular and most visited castle in Bohemia today. Founded in 1348 by Charles IV, the crown jewels of the Holy Roman Empire are rumoured to be hidden in the castle. The Gothic assemblage of 129 panelled paintings from the workshop of Master Theodoric in the Chapel of the Holy Cross is unique.
  • Kutná Hora
  • This town 70 km east of Prague is entered on the UNESCO list. The discovery of an extensive bed of silver here in the 13th century played an important role in its history as it became one of the richest towns in Europe over the next 300 years. The town’s Gothic and Late Gothic monuments, such as the Cathedral of St. Barbora, are worthy of attention.
  • Lednice-Valtice complex
  • About 250 km south east of Prague, this large UNESCO protected area in South Moravia is formed by the artificial landscape surrounding the Lednice and Valtice chateaux and features a range of historical monuments until the 19th century when its English park was created.
  • Kroměříž
  • 270 km east of Prague, this historic UNESCO town prides itself on its chateau complex and gardens that were once the archbishop’s summer residence.
  • Mariánské Lázně
  • 160 km west of Prague, this spa resort with mineral springs makes up the “spa triangle” with Karlovy Vary and Františkovy Lázně.
  • Hluboká nad Vltavou
  • 140 km south of Prague, this romantic Windsor-styled chateau ranks as one of the most attractive tourist destinations in our country.
  • Litomyšl
  • This town located 160 km east of Prague is known as the birthplace of Bedřich Smetana. Its UNESCO protected chateau is a typical example of central European Renaissance architecture with rich sgraffito decoration.
  • Třebíč
  • 170 km south east of Prague, this sleepy town has a uniquely preserved and UNESCO protected Jewish quarter.
  • Telč
  • 150 km south east of Prague, the town’s UNESCO protected Gothic and Renaissance buildings hearken back to the 16th century.
  • Žďár nad Sázavou
  • 150 km south east of Prague, the most valuable monument in the town is found on the summit of the Green Mountain – the UNESCO-protected Gothic Baroque pilgrimage church of St. John Nepomuk.
  • Holašovice
  • 140 km south of Prague, this tiny, South Bohemian UNESCO-protected hamlet pleases visitors with its “Peasant Baroque” farmsteads surrounding a small park and fish pond.
  • Brno
  • 200 km south east of Prague, this is the second biggest city in the Czech Republic. The centre of Moravia, this modern city with a historic core features such UNESCO-listed gems as the early 20th century Functionalist Villa Tugendhat.
  • Ostrava
  • 360 km east of Prague, the third largest city in Czech Republic is located in North Moravia. It boomed in the early 19th century in connection with coal mining. Today, Ostrava is a modern city with interesting industrial architectural monuments. Stodolní Street, with its many bars and pulsating night life is a popular attraction.
  • Dětenice
  • 80 km to the north east of Prague, this village’s 18th century Late Baroque-styled chateau houses a popular brewery, hosts a tavern with a medieval programme as well as tours of the premises.